Step 1 Prepare Workstation and Yourself
Cover your workstation with a newspaper or with a cloth to prevent mess. Also wear gloves, a mask, and goggles while working with lye. Lye is a harsh chemical commonly known as sodium hydroxide and releases strong fumes when you are working with it.
Step 2 Pour Water into Stainless Steel Container
Pour 3/4 cup of cool distilled water into a stainless steel container. it's better to measure water using a digital scale or with a measuring cup.
Step 3 Add Lye to Water
Measure 1/4 cup of lye using a measuring spoon or cup and then add it to the distilled water, don't add water to lye it will be dangerous. Make sure to pour slowly and keep yourself at a distance when adding lye into the water. keep the solution stirring slowly until the water becomes clear
Step 4 Combine and Heat Oils
In a bowl or in a jar pour all three oils i-e coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil. Then heat them up to 120 degrees, you can heat them using a double boiler method or by microwave. once heated keep them aside and let them cool between 95 degrees to 105 degrees. Check temperature level using a thermometer, because the temperature is crucial in saponification.
Step 5 Pour Lye Solution in Oils
After preparing both the lye and oil solutions, pour the lye solution into the oil mixture. Mix solution for 5-6 minutes with a stainless steel spoon. After five minutes using a hand blender whisk it well until it becomes creamy and thick.
Step 6 Add Essential Oils and Dry Herbs or Flowers
Now add essential oils, herbs, and dry flowers according to your preference. You can use lavender, tea tree, peach, or any essential oil which you like also you can add rose petals, dry lavender, and any herb which suits you. For adding colors to your soap try using organic colors from cocoa powder, turmeric, and beetroot. Food colors don’t go well in soap.
Step 7 Pour Soap Solution into Silicone Mold
Take a silicone mold and then pour soap solution into the mold. smooth its surface using a spatula. Then wrap these molds in cling wrap to prevent them from dust and dirt. Keep it at room temperature for 24 hours or until harden. You can also keep it in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours or until well hardened.
Step 8Remove from Mold and Cut In Pieces
Now when the soap is ready and firm enough, remove it and place it on parchment paper and cut it into pieces using a knife or cutter. Wrap it in parchment paper and store it in the container if you are not using it, this will prevent organic soap from catching dust particles.